NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Two people have died, and a pregnant mother and her children had to be rushed to the hospital after a fiery wrong-way wreck in Northwest Miami-Dade.
The flames sparked after a crash near Northwest 79th Street and 10th Avenue, just after midnight, Friday.
Witnesses said an Infiniti driving in the wrong direction after it changed lanes, according to police, crashed into an SUV. The Infiniti then burst into flames.
“We don’t know if they got out,” said one person who was recording the incident.
Both occupants of the Infiniti succumbed to their injuries, police said. Their identities have not been revealed.
“The car was instantly on fire,” said one witness. “I tried to make a U-turn, but again, the car was engulfed. There was nothing you could do for the people inside it. There was no screaming, no yelling. It was too late.”
A pregnant mother and her six children were inside the SUV at the time of the crash, according to witnesses. They were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with various injuries.
The pregnant mother, who did not want to be identified, spoke shortly after she was discharged from the hospital.
“My daughter, I don’t know, her hair looked like it was on fire,” she said. “My son was in the back seat. He just had blood and everything coming from his nose. It was just crazy.”
Most of the mother’s family has been discharged from the hospital, but her 6-year-old son, her youngest child, remains hospitalized.
“My son is in the hospital, and he’s not doing good,” she said.
The mother said she had to climb out of the crashed SUV through a window while 23 weeks pregnant with her baby girl.
“I just started panicking,” she said. “I couldn’t get out of my car. I couldn’t let the windows back down, and I just tried to jump out the window.”
Cellphone video captured the children crying after the crash and witnesses consoling them.
Outside of the hospital, the father of one of the victims who died could be seen devastated after receiving the news of his loved one’s death.
The pregnant mother said they all suffered various injuries.
“He didn’t deserve it. My son didn’t deserve it. He got a broken leg over here. My leg is messed up,” she said.
Officials shut down 79th Street as they worked the scene. It has since reopened.
Saturday evening, cameras captured flowers and stuffed animals on the sidewalk near the spot where the vehicles collided, right next to a building with a charred wall from the flames.
“We watched two people burn to death, and the way that it happened, I mean, we weren’t supposed to be here,” she said.
The mother also thanked the good Samaritans who were there to help her family after the crash.
Police have not released the names of the deceased victims, as they continue to investigate.
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